April 9 2009 Children with Special Needs Newsletter
Braille for Children Who Have Vision Impairments
Children who are blind or have low vision can benefit greatly as toddlers if parents provide opportunities and support for learning to read storybooks with Braille text and make certain that as older students their children can both read Braille and take notes using a Braille slate and stylus.
Advocates are protesting limits on the Amazon Kindle 2 text-to-speech option following complaints from the Authors Guild that the 'read aloud' feature would have an impact on copyrights and audio book sales. Authors could withdraw text to speech access for their own Amazon e-books. Would you pay a dollar or two more for an author to offer this option?
Talented American Idol contestant Scott MacIntyre, legally blind, finished eighth in the competition this week.
Patricia E Bauer has been following his story:
Fans Say No Pity Votes for American Idol Contestant
Terri Mauro comments at:
"If you've been listening along, do you think it was MacIntyre's turn to go? Did his disability help him or hurt him?"
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Easter Craft Ideas
Easter and Childhood Disability
Transition to Kindergarten with a Childhood Disability
Family Relationships with a Complicated Diagnosis
Faith, Religion, and Childhood Disability
Early Intervention for Developmental Disabilities
Transition to Preschool from Early Intervention or Home
Teens with Disabilities - Transition to Adulthood
Recess Skills and Childhood Disability
The Disability Hierarchy, Equity and Advocacy
Peer Mentoring Programs and Childhood Disability
Inclusive P.E. and Childhood Disability
Inclusion Benefits Classmates
Friendship and Inclusion for Children with Special Needs
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Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
Diabetes Information for Classmates
Snapshots and Children with Delayed Language
Teaching Handwriting to Children
Cutting with Scissors and other Fine Motor Skills
Teaching Children About Money
Teaching Math Skills
IEP Preparation - Teacher Support
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